Global Ocean Surface Temperature stalled

Graph: Dr Roy Spencer

Recently IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri acknowledged a 17-year pause in global temperature rises, confirmed recently by Britain’s Met Office (link) and now we learn the sea surface temperatures appear to have stalled since at least the early 2000′s.

 Dr Roy Spencer, of the University of Alabama, Huntsville writes (link)

Global Microwave Sea Surface Temperature Update for Feb. 2013: -0.01 deg. C

The global average sea surface temperature (SST) update for Feb. 2013 is -0.01 deg. C, relative to the 2003-2006 average.
The anomalies are computed relative to only 2003-2006 because those years were relatively free of El Nino and La Nina activity, which if included would cause temperature anomaly artifacts in other years. Thus, these anomalies cannot be directly compared to, say, the Reynolds anomalies which extend back to the early 1980s. Nevertheless, they should be useful for monitoring signs of ocean surface warming, which appears to have stalled since at least the early 2000′s. (For those who also track our lower tropospheric temperature ["LT"] anomalies, these SST anomalies average about 0.19 deg. C cooler over 2003-2006.)
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